|To mark World Hepatitis Day, July 28, the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases is offering free testing for hepatitis C for 1,000 people between July 28 and August 8. — VNS Photo Phuong Vy.
HCM CITY (VNS) — The HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases yesterday called for a change in attitudes towards viral hepatitis at a meeting to mark World Hepatitis Day, July 28.
The number of people infected with viral hepatitis increased sharply over the past decade in Viet Nam, with 11 in 100,000 people contracting it, Le Van Tuan, a WHO official in Viet Nam, said.
About 10-25 per cent of the country's population suffered from hepatitis B, and 0.4-4.1 per cent, hepatitis C, he said.
Prevention, screening, and control of hepatitis and the complications it causes as well as increase of vaccinations against the disease were among major measures to control it, he added.
Le Manh Hung, deputy director of the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, said: "Early screening and diagnosis of viral hepatitis diseases are important for treatment.
"Around 75-80 per cent of people with viral hepatitis diseases have no abnormal symptoms."
WHO estimates that two billion people around the world have been infected by hepatitis B and some 240 million live with chronic infection.
There are approximately 150 million people with chronic hepatitis C world-wide.
To mark World Hepatitis Day, the hospital is offering free testing for hepatitis C for 1,000 people between July 28 and August 8. — VNS